Port William in Clinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Gilbert Van Zandt
Port William is the birthplace of Gilbert Van Zandt, quite possibly the youngest enlistee in the Union Army during the Civil War. Born on December 20, 1851, "Little Gib" joined the ranks of Company D, 79th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the age of ten years, seven months, and sixteen days. Barely four feet tall, Van Zandt served initially as the company's drummer boy, and later as a courier for the regiment. Distinguished for his bravery under fire, young Gilbert saw action in the battles for Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea, and the Carolina Campaign. He was discharged from service on June 9, 1865, already a seasoned veteran at thirteen. Van Zandt died in Kansas City, Missouri on October 4, 1944 at the age of ninety-two.
Erected 1999 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Port William Dam City Days Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-14.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 33.134′ N, 83° 47.186′ W. Marker is in Port William, Ohio, in Clinton County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Ohio Route 134) and 2nd Street, on the left when traveling Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port William OH 45164, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gilbert Van Zant (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Deserted Camp (approx. 5.3 miles away); Beam Farm Mound (approx. 5.6 miles away); Wilmington War Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); J. W. Denver Williams, Jr. (approx. 7.3 miles away); Smith Place School (approx. 7.4 miles away); 302 TAW C-119 Accident Memorial (approx. 7½ miles away); 302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial (approx. 7½ miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Gilbert Van Zandt. (Submitted on February 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A Bicentennial Honor for "Little Gib". (Submitted on February 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Civil War's Drummer Boy. (Submitted on February 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Heroes • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,359 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.